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How Avon Came to Sponsor the 1996 Olympics

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Did you know that the first Avon Representative, P.F.E. Albee, was 50 when she started her career as a saleswoman for the company’s perfumes in 1886? Today, there are an estimated 420,000 Avon Representatives in the United States and they have gone a long way over the years. Viola Morse, an Avon representative from the 1950s to the 1960s did not own a car for the first two years of her direct sales job. Instead, she chose to walk 3 to 4 miles to visit customers. Even in harsh New England winters she did not give up.

In 1991, Avon became the first cosmetics company to bring alpha hydroxy AHA to mass market. But perhaps for Avon Atlanta was the greatest achievement. Avon became one of the sponsors of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. In many ways, this makes sense...

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